Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “At Risk (Steve Cline, #1)” as Want to Read:
At Risk (Steve Cline, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

At Risk (Steve Cline #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  594 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Stubborness has its price. So does pride.... Stephen Cline will pay heavily for both when he drops out of college against his father's wishes and lands a job as barn manager at Foxdale Farm, one of Maryland's premiere equestrian facilities. An obnoxious trainer and difficult, demanding boarders are all part of the job, but Steve will need every bit of his smarts when he in ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published October 15th 2002)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about At Risk, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about At Risk

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,296)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Rick Bylina
A mystery about greed and revenge is at the center of At Risk by Kit Ehrman, but horses dominate the page. I don't know anything about horses other than the one time I rode a horse named Buck. I should have taken the hint from his name. Nevertheless, all the horse terminology and possible horse shenanigans (in and out of the business) kept me in the story despite some level of detail that I didn't fully understand. Make no mistake about it, this story starts out and ends violently. There is a fa ...more
Sharon Michael
As a Dick Francis fan since his first few books, I see where the references to his writing are coming from. Just the accurate horse knowledge is a big plus for me, as I've been involved in the horse world all my life. An author who places his story within an equine framework and then obviously knows nothing about horses or the horse business will lose me fast.

The plot is believable and focused on things that actually do occur in the horse world and the author makes no mistakes with the horse rel
Slice of Life Mystery for Adults Only

Steve Cline begins this book as a competent, intelligent young barn manager on at a boarding establishment for show, jump, steeple chase and event horses. (In Kentucky, we'd just say Hunters and Arena Horses.) We find out that he's got quite a good work ethic and pride in his work. He's also not presently speaking to his wealthy parents because his father tossed him out of the house because he wanted to take a year off school. It's now a couple of years after
Carl Brookins

A worthy successor to Dick Francis, this debut novel set in Maryland’s horse country is an excellent mystery. Stephen Cline has dropped out of college to become a barn manager at a sprawling stable called Foxdale Farms. He’s young for such responsibility, but several summers on a dude ranch as a kid and a good personality helps him out.

The farm boards horses, conducts classes for new and young riders and is generally a hard but bucolic life. Then in the blink of an eye, Cline is kidnapped along
C.L. L. Heckman
You know, I downloaded this book mainly because of my love of horses. I was skeptical at first with the intensity of the first violent encounter, and the thought of the horses getting sold to slaughter really hits home because of the crap like that people in the world do every day.

However, I read on. I thought that Steve was a well developed character who I feel represents a good amount of young stable hands I've met over the years, rebellious, strong-willed and a little cocky. Elsa and Rachel
What can I say this book had a little bit of everything I enjoy. Horses, murder, a strait forward no non-sense kinda book. If you are a Dick Frances fan then you just might like Kit.
It was a good mystery- wish there was more "horsey" to it.
Tamra LeValley
OK book. Overly predictable and slow on many occasions.
Quentin Feduchin
This is the first in a new series, 'Steve Cline Mysteries'. It's really great, I enjoyed it a lot.

The author obviously knows a lot on the subject of horses and it shows, with lots of interesting equine details: riding them, cleaning them, the tackle used, and so on.

It really is quite an absorbing book and the author keeps the action moving along nicely. The police action is kept somewhat in the background, indicating that law enforcement is not his forte. However the book comes to a satisfying c
Maya Bohnhoff
Kit Ehrman definitely had all of the equestrian details right in this book. I've sat up nights with colicky horses; she hit every note. The story was compelling; the pacing was spot on. Every character was fully realized. I liked the protagonist very much ... most of the time.

One thing only kept me from giving the book five stars and that was what seemed to me out-of-character behavior on the part of the protagonist, Steve Cline. He's described in the book description on iBooks as a "principled
Diana Hockley
As a dedicated fan of Dick Francis, I was intrigued by this novel with its engaging hero, albeit a rather young one.

I did not find the sex scenes confronting, nor did I consider that the story is too long. In fact, I think it ended just a little abruptly. Not sure why, but I was expecting another couple of pages!

The subject matter of course is very confronting and a certain event downright heartbreaking. The author obviously knows the horse world so I gather that these types of crimes involving
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Christine Meunier
Steve Cline is a 21 year old man who is the barn manager of a 200 stall horse facility, Foxdale. Arriving at work in the early hours of the morning to treat a horse with an eye ulcer, Cline stumbles across some men who are stealing horses. As he investigates, Steve finds himself kidnapped alongside the horses.

A desperate attempt to escape is rewarded with freedom... More at
Ehrman, Kit-AT RISK-Ok-

When his successful surgeon father disowns him after he drops out of college, 21-year-old Stephen Cline takes a job as barn manager of Foxdale Farm, which specializes in the training and boarding of thoroughbred jumpers. In the middle of a late February night, Steve visits the stable to medicate a sick horse only to stumble on a horse theft in progress. Haunted by the events of that night after barely escaping from being kidnapped and murdered, Steve resolves to track down
joy akin
Good plot

I will not read anything else by this author. This was a good story, but you had to wade through so much filth to get to it that it was hardly worth it. The thing is, all the filth did not add to the characters or the story. In fact it was detrimental to it.
Couldn't put it down!

Fast pace, well written, insightful presentation. This is a book i am glad i happened upon. I have always enjoyed stories set in horse country-English or American. I am looking forward to others with this character.
Elizabeth Martin
This book was a page turner.t

This book held my interest from beginning to end. It has enough horse related story to appeal to the horse lover and enough suspense to appeal to the mystery lover.
Patricia Nielsen
Excellent storyteller!

Excellent storyteller!

Well fleshed out characters, very neatly intertwined but not predictable. Really kept me engaged and my attention from start to finish.
#1 in the Stephen Cline mystery series set in rural Maryland. Cline, 21 year old barn manager at a popular horse boarding, riding, training facility is abducted and nearly killed when 7 horses are stolen from the facility. The story is about Steve working with the police to find the people behind the theft who are also responsible for similar actions and murder.

A very good read.
Diane Runyan

Ehrman weaves a story together of romance, mystery and horses. Characters have deep personalities this book makes me want to read another of Ehrman's books
melissa crabtree
Good book

Good book

I am not usually into these kinds of mystery books but this one had my attention from the beginning. was hard to put it down.
LLona Cunningham
Feb 12, 2014 LLona Cunningham marked it as not-going-to-finish  ·  review of another edition
It's a horse theme mystery -- no, it's a 'my father hates me' pity party -- no, it's an experiment in graphic sex -- no, I can't figure out what it is, but it's not for me. It does have some good ratings by others, so I'm sure it's just me who can't stay interested.
Debbie Bartlett


The start was a good one then got a little slow, but picked up soon and took off from there. A good finish.
Pretty good. His interest makes sense. The timeline is realistic and the plot believable. The characters are a bit shallow, but I've read much worse.
Nanette Bruce
Well worth reading

This book kept my interest all the way through with twists to keep me going
Highly recommended for a good read
betty curtis

I thought this was a Christian book then I ran across the bad bad words,closed it up and sent it to the cloud
Madison Weddlr
It stunck

I thought it would have been kid nice but it had cuss word I did not like it I will never read his books ever
Diana Donnelly
Good mystery for horse lovers. First book read by this author. Grew fond of the main character and would gladly read another Steve Cline mystery
I liked the mystery in the book and was sad to see it end. Darn good for a free book!
Lea Anne
Great writing and storyline.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 43 44 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Horse Lovers: Horse Fiction 5 17 Sep 23, 2012 04:21PM  
Horses Rule: Horse Fiction 1 5 Aug 04, 2012 05:17PM  
  • The Manuscript (The Delphi Chronicle, #1)
  • Jockeys and Jewels (Racetrack Romance, #3)
  • The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles #1)
  • Dying to Get Published (Jennifer Marsh Mysteries, #1)
  • Final Vector
  • Legwork
  • Let Us Prey (Gotcha Detective Agency Mysteries, #1)
  • One Deadly Sister (Sandy Reid Mysteries, #1)
  • The Art of Horsemanship
  • Not Dead Yet
  • Deadly Aim
  • Murder Passes the Buck (Gertie Johnson, #1)
  • The Commission (Sam Kincaid, #1)
  • Hold Your Horses: Nuggets of Truth for People Who Love Horses...No Matter What
  • Killer Twist (Ghostwriter Mystery #1)
  • The Truant Officer
  • Three Days to Die (Aaron Quinn thriller series #1)
  • Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America
After discovering the works of Dick Francis, Kit Ehrman quit her government job and went to work in the horse industry. Twenty-five years later, she combined her love of horses and mysteries by penning an equine-oriented mystery series featuring barn manager and amateur sleuth Steve Cline. (E-book editions now available for $2.99) The series has received outstanding reviews in The New York Times, ...more
More about Kit Ehrman...

Other Books in the Series

Steve Cline (4 books)
  • Dead Man's Touch (Steve Cline, #2)
  • Cold Burn (Steve Cline, #3)
  • Triple Cross (Steve Cline, #4)
Dead Man's Touch (Steve Cline, #2) Cold Burn (Steve Cline, #3) Triple Cross (Steve Cline, #4) Writing Murder: A Basic Guide to Writing Mystery Novels

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »